U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor yesterday highlighting his legislation honoring Petty Officer Logan Palmer.
H.R. 5935, which unanimously passed the House, would designate the post office in Harristown, Illinois, as the “Logan S. Palmer Post Office.” Petty Officer Logan Palmer, of Harristown, Illinois, was among the sailors killed when the USS John S McCain collided with a tanker off the coast of Singapore last August.
Below are Davis’ remarks on the House Floor.
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to remember Petty Officer Logan Palmer of Harristown, Illinois who was tragically lost in the accident last August aboard the USS John S McCain.
Logan knew early on that he wanted to serve his country. After he graduated from Sangamon Valley High School and Richland Community College, he enlisted in the Navy as an interior communications electrician.
Petty Officer Logan Palmer died serving and protecting our country, and for that, we remain eternally grateful. Today, the House will vote on a bill to designate the post office in Harristown, Illinois, as the “Logan S. Palmer Post Office.”
Although I never had the honor of meeting Logan, I have since come to know his parents, Theresa and Sid, and I was honored they were able to join me when I introduced this bill earlier this year. And I am honored today to ask my colleagues to join me in passing this important legislation to honor one of America’s heroes.
Designating this post office will not only honor Logan’s service, but also serve as a grave reminder of risks that our servicemembers take on each day and the responsibilities we have to them as a country.
It is my privilege to be able to honor Logan today, but again it is not why we’re here. Many times, this chamber will be criticized for naming post offices and naming public buildings. But let us remember the sacrifices that many of those, who the buildings are named after, made for the freedoms and liberties that many of us in this country take for granted every day.
When Logan joined the Navy, no one in his hometown, let alone his family, thought that he would sacrifice so much for the freedom and liberty of our great country. It is my honor to honor Logan with this bill today and his name will live on forever at his local post office.”